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Parenting Isn't for Sissies

These are my stories about the humbling and hilarious moments I share with my children. Parenting Isn't for Sissies ... but sometimes I feel like one.

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Jennifer DuBose has been a featured blogger for chicagoparent.com since March, 2007 and a columnist for Chicago Parent Magazine since August, 2007.  She also writes a column for the Saturday edition of The Kane County Chronicle she calls "Tales from the Motherhood."

Though she has graduate degrees in and experience practicing both family therapy and school counseling, DuBose admits she sometimes feels bewildered when parenting her own children.  In her stories about the humbling and hilarious realities of life with kids, she tries to connect with other parents - because they struggle with, laugh about and are moved by the experience of parenting, just like she is.

A Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy since 1995, DuBose has a private practice in Batavia and can be reached at (630) 454-4047 or jenniferdubose@msn.com.  She lives in Batavia with her husband, Todd, their two children, Noah, 12, and Holly, 9.

Jamie Lynn and the Teachable Moment


Posted Nov 9, 2009 5:27 PM

I was dozing on the couch, doing some last-minute channel-surfing before surrendering the remote to my nine-year-old son Noah and his Play Station, when a sound-byte announcing teen starlet Jamie Lynn Spears' pregnancy grabbed my attention. And Noah's.
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Junie B., Holly, And My Sucky- Mommy Moment


Posted Nov 9, 2009 5:26 PM

I suck. I totally embarrassed my daughter tonight.
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Little sister Holly "Flooded with Freedom?"


Posted Nov 9, 2009 5:25 PM

Holly sure has a way with words. Yesterday, after we dropped Noah off at his friend's house, she said the coolest thing.
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Li'l Miss Holly, My Mascara-Wearin' Pixie Rocker


Posted Nov 9, 2009 5:24 PM

There’s nothing quite like watching your baby girl rock-out to Motley Crue’s “Shout at the Devil.”
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About "Parenting Isn't For Sissies"


Posted Nov 9, 2009 5:23 PM

Parenting isn’t for sissies, but sometimes I feel like one.
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Memories of a Miscarriage


Posted Nov 9, 2009 5:21 PM

I’d arrived at the hospital pregnant, and left not. Still hidden in my purse was the cigar I’d snuck off to buy for my husband, to celebrate his impending fatherhood, along with the new videotape I’d hoped would, by now, carry images of our developing baby.
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When Your Kid's Daddy Didn't Father Him: How to Have "The Talk"


Posted Nov 9, 2009 5:19 PM

It’s smart to be sensitive to the possibility that kids can be overwhelmed by “too much information” if all of the particulars are volunteered right off the bat.
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Weak-In-the-Knees About the Birds and the Bees?


Posted Nov 9, 2009 5:17 PM

Weak- in-the-knees about the “birds and the bees?” Me too.
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The Fart Heard 'round the Church


Posted Nov 9, 2009 5:15 PM

Noah farted in church. Yes indeed, right in the middle of the preacher's sermon during the Christmas Eve candlelight service.
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Santa with Six-Pack Abs?


Posted Nov 9, 2009 5:13 PM

Get this: the Acting U.S. Surgeon General, Rear Admiral Steven Galson, says Santa Claus is too fat to be a role model.
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